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- Is Suicide Ever Simply a Rational Choice? February 25, 2020 - Ten residents slipped away from their retirement community one Sunday afternoon for a covert meeting in a grocery store cafe. They aimed to answer a taboo question: When they feel they have lived long enough, how can they carry out their own swift and peaceful death?
- The True Cost of Growing Old in America February 5, 2020 - The US population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country’s children for the first time, according to census projections. But rising rents, health care and other living costs mean that for many entering their retirement years, balancing the household budget can be a struggle.
- Has Your Doctor Asked You about Climate Change? January 8, 2020 - When Michael Howard arrived for a checkup with his lung specialist, he was worried about how his body would cope with the heat and humidity of a Boston summer.
- Researchers Seek Sage Advice of Elders on Aging Issues December 10, 2019 - Rachel O’Conor booted up her slides and began posing questions to six older adults sitting around a table: How should primary care physicians support patients and caregivers after a diagnosis of dementia? And what stands in the way of getting adequate support?
- When Should You Take Away an Older Person’s Cell Phone? November 23, 2019 - At first, Robert Zorowitz, MD, thought his 83-year-old mother was confused. She couldn’t remember passwords to accounts on her computer. She would call and say programs had stopped working.
- Wearable Technology Has Great Potential November 5, 2019 - A small wristband device is helping Randy Miltenberger prepare for a knee replacement. His doctor wants him to strengthen his leg muscles to prepare for the upcoming surgery and rehab, so Miltenberger, 73, wears a FitBit fitness tracker. The device…
- Lethal Plans: Suicides in Long Term Care Facilities October 8, 2019 - When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn’t supposed to be there long. At 77, the stoic Wisconsin machinist had just endured the death of his wife of 51 years and a grim new diagnosis: throat cancer, stage 4.
- Getting Older, Sleeping Less? October 8, 2019 - Until age 45, Mary Jo Anderson says, she was a “champion sleeper.” “It’s like someone flipped a light switch,” she said. “When I entered menopause, I suddenly couldn’t fall asleep.” At age 64, she had less trouble falling asleep but…
- Starving Seniors: How America Fails to Feed Its Aging September 13, 2019 - Army veteran Eugene Milligan is 75 years old and blind. He uses a wheelchair since losing half his right leg to diabetes and gets dialysis for kidney failure.
And he has struggled to get enough to eat.
- Are Pets Really Good for Older People? September 9, 2019 - An older couple put aside some of the food delivered by Meals on Wheels in order to have enough to feed their dog. A widow delays an important visit to the doctor, fearing no one will care for her cat…
- Is There Such a Thing as Normal Aging? August 21, 2019 - For 93-year-old Joseph Brown, the clearest sign of aging was his inability the other day to remember he had to have his pants unzipped to pull them on.
- Loneliness in Older Adults: It’s Complicated July 30, 2019 - For years, Linda Fried, MD, offered older patients who complained of being lonely what seemed to be sensible guidance. “Go out and find something that matters to you,” she would say.
- What If You Don’t Want Dialysis? July 10, 2019 - Susan Wong, MD, sat down with an 84-year-old patient in the hospital, where he’d been admitted with a flare-up of a serious auto-immune condition and deteriorating kidney function.
- ‘Elder Orphans’ Need Fallback Plans May 15, 2019 - It was a memorable place to have an “aha” moment about aging.
Peter Sperry had taken his 82-year-old father, who’d had a stroke and used a wheelchair, to Disney World.
- Breaking the Age Barrier May 3, 2019 - Art Russell, 60, counts at least a dozen 20-somethings as friends: the guys he fences with; a 26-year-old colleague at work; and several people who attend his church. Although he also has many friends his own age, Russell values those…
- Medical Students Learn How to Talk to Patients about Dying April 8, 2019 - The distraught wife paced the exam room, anxious for someone to come and tell her about her husband. She’d brought him to the emergency department that afternoon when he complained about chest discomfort.
- Family Caregivers Are Older Than Ever March 26, 2019 - Perhaps it was inevitable: with so many people living longer, more and more empty nesters are taking on the care of parents who are frail and ill. Journalist Judith Graham explores what that means for the younger generation in terms…
- New Challenges for Grandparents March 5, 2019 - As a divorced, single mom, Karen Spencer thought she was done raising children when her son and two daughters grew up and left home. It didn’t work out that way.
- Spiritual Support at the End of Life February 5, 2019 - Eric Markinson identified himself as a chaplain when he walked into the hospital room of a man he calls Tommy, who was dying of alcohol-related liver disease. “I don’t think you can help me much,” Tommy said. “I’m an atheist.”
- The New Shingles Shot: Much More Effective Than the Old One January 30, 2019 - Federal officials have recommended a new vaccine that is more effective than an earlier version at protecting older adults against the painful rash called shingles. But persuading many adults to get this and other recommended vaccines continues to be an uphill battle.